The Territory of Wyoming recognized women's right to vote as early as 1869. Wyoming actually refused to enter the Union until 1890 when President Benjamin Harrison signed a bill approving Wyoming as the nation's first "Equality State." In 1893, Colorado became the first state in the Union to give women the right to vote in a popular election. "A New Beginning" represents the empowerment women felt in the 1890s. The #1 casting of the monumental version of this sculpture was purchased by Cheyenne, Wyoming to celebrate Wyoming's entrance into the Union in 1890 as the first woman's suffrage state.